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THE POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF VOLCANO ALERTS

While volcano alerts keep risk-area residents informed of volcanic hazards, a new study finds that alerts issued during long periods of volcanic unrest can negatively impact a region’s economy Herndon, Va. (February 26, 2021) – The Volcano Alert Level (VAL) system, standardized by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 2006, is meant to save […]

MAPPING COVID RISK IN URBAN AREAS: A WAY TO KEEP THE ECONOMY OPEN

Researchers in India use GIS mapping to identify city neighborhoods at highest risk of a COVID outbreak—helping officials place targeted restrictions to avoid an economic shutdown Herndon, Va. (March 24, 2021) – As COVID-19 vaccines slowly roll out across the world, government officials in densely populated countries must still manage vulnerable communities at highest risk […]

HOW MANY COUNTRIES ARE READY FOR NUCLEAR-POWERED ELECTRICITY?

A study of 126 nations suggests that many lack the capacity to safely deploy nuclear power on their own As demand for low-carbon electricity rises around the world, nuclear power offers a promising solution. But how many countries are good candidates for nuclear energy development? A new study in the Journal Risk Analysis suggests that […]

SOCIETY FOR RISK ANALYSIS RELEASES RISK ANALYSIS QUALITY TEST

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) has launched a Risk Analysis Quality Test (RAQT), a battery of many one-question tests, as an innovative approach to evaluate the quality of risk analyses supporting risk management decisions. SRA encourages risk analysists, decision makers, experts and non-experts, to apply this battery of tests to evaluate all aspects of […]

SRA Elections: 2022 Council

Below you will find the bios and goal statements for each of the nominees for next year’s Council. Please take a moment to review each of the documents before casting your vote. Please check your email for access to the ballot. President Elect Katherine von Stackelberg | Frank Hearl Treasurer-elect Andrew Rak | Jonathan Welburn […]

MICROGRIDS AND SOLAR REDUCE RISK OF POWER OUTAGES

Embargoed for Release Until December 7, 2021 New research on microgrids and solar backup systems, and a wildfire outage vulnerability map for the state of California Climate change is fueling more floods, droughts, wildfires, and extreme storms across the United States. As a result, aging power grids are being pushed beyond their limits, sometimes with […]

TRACKING INEQUITIES AND HEALTH IMPACTS OF FLOODING

Embargoed for Release Until December 9, 2021 New research demonstrates the inherent inequities of flood protection and offers a better understanding of flooding cost and health impacts Flooding is the most expensive natural disaster in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), costing the country more than $1 trillion in […]

STUDY FINDS THAT HIGHWAY DELAYS CAN CAUSE ECONOMIC LOSSES OF $8 MILLION TO $250 MILLION IN A SINGLE DAY

Embargoed for Release Until December 8, 2021 Researchers analyze the economic cost of disruptions to a critical transportation network in Virginia, including a hurricane evacuation The shutdown of the Colonial gas pipeline in May 2021 had a disastrous impact on many sectors of the U.S. economy, particularly those dependent on the country’s transportation infrastructure. The […]

THE HUMAN AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF COVID-19

Embargoed for Release Until December 7, 2021 New research reveals the economic costs of behavioral responses to the pandemic in the U.S. Throughout its unsteady course, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the behavior of businesses and households.  Those behavioral changes, intensified by government actions like mandatory closures, have had a reverberating impact on the U.S. […]

TEN HONORED BY SOCIETY FOR RISK ANALYSIS

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) awarded seven prestigious scholarly and service awards and named three new fellows at this year’s virtual annual meeting. These awardees were recognized for their exceptional contributions to SRA and to the risk analysis community. The award recipients were nominated by their peers, selected by an SRA committee, and approved […]